What's Up with 153 Fish?
153 Fish. (I am continuing from my last post, if you have not read it yet, you can do so here) They fish all night and NOTHING, Jesus instructs them to throw the net in again on the right hand side and.... 153 fish. Why not 200? Why not 150? Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three;and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” John 21:11 - 12 I truly believe God is speaking to us through this scripture. 153 Fish. Why 153? There has GOT to be something significant about that. So let’s look at it. Let me begin by sharing some interesting thoughts on the number 153 from EW Bullinger’s book, Numbers in Scripture. The number 153 is 9 times 17. The number 9 can signify the fruit of the spirit and the number 17 can signify victory.
The expression “sons of God” occurs 7 times and by gematria is 153,
The word “joint-heirs” (Romans 8.17) is 1071, which is a factor of 7 times 153.
The expression “the creation of God” by gematria is 1224, which is a factor of 8 times 153.
Within the miracle of the 153 fish, the word for “fishes” is by gematria 1224, which is a factor of 8 times 153, and the word for “the net” is 1224, again the factor of 8 times 153.
To add to this, keep in mind that the numbers 7 and 8, which appear as factors in the above numeric values, refer to completenessor spiritual perfection, and new birth or new beginning, respectively.
In light of the above, we can see that the 153 fish represent the sons of God (Benei Elohim). If God is speaking to us out of this scripture in John 21 - then perhaps this is an illustration of them being lifted up out of the nations. (The sea usually represents many peoples or nations.) The net is being thrown into the nations under God’s direction and timing, to unveil the sons of God. Sons are those who know their Father, understand their mandate and position in His house and have been equipped and aligned with His purposes. We are about to see a manifestation of these sons across the earth – and all of them will be about their Fathers business. The other parable that springs to mind with this imagery is found in Matthew 13:47 - 50 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just. Remember that theBenei Elohimcan also be fallen angels. (Gen 6) When we say that the sons of God are coming forth, I believe that means both righteous and wicked sons are emerging. The parable in Matthew 13: 37 says that all types of fish are gathered in the net and later separated. With the release of unrighteous sons we will see a rising in the level of demonic power on the earth. The fallen sons of god will move in lying signs and wonders, and use all the right words to draw people away from the truth and the power of God . As the scripture says in Matthew 24:11 -13 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. Remember false prophets are not those whose words do not come to pass – they are prophets whose words come to pass, but who point people to worship another god.This is why we need to be established in our relationship with Father. We must KNOW our God. We must be exercised in the discerning of spirits because both groups of sons will move in power with influence and governmental authority. We must know one another by the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:16 Therefore from now on know we no man after the flesh. This will no longer be simply a good idea - it will become a very necessary skill! With the release of these sons, the stage is set for the battle for the souls of men to intensify – it WILL be as in the days of Noah. But as the darkness of these days rapidly thickens – expect to see the sons of God begin to shine and lead many to righteousness. Sons of God according to the order of Melchizedeck will begin to arise in the earth - moving in kingly and priestly authority - to establish God government on earth as it is in heaven.Just as in the days of Noah, the plans and purposes of God will be established by those who are righteous before Him. The net has been cast, the sons are coming forth. Now is not the time to become weary or frightened and insecure. It is not the time to try to jump back into the old places of comfort and security . We have been chosen for such a time as this. Even if you feel unprepared or uncertain, simply come and sit with Jesus. Right now He is serving us a meal of bread and fish - to strengthen us for the season ahead. Take time to commune with Him. Enjoy the meal – even as the disciples did in John 21. And out of this place of intimacy - expect to receive a fresh commissioning for this fresh season.